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Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment - Cen­ter for Adap­tive Ratio­na­lity

Der For­schungs­be­reich für Adap­tive Ratio­na­li­tät (ARC) ver­eint eine inter­dis­zi­pli­näre, inter­na­tio­nale For­scher­gruppe, die sich aus Wis­sen­schaft­le­rin­nen und Wis­sen­schaft­lern der Psy­cho­lo­gie, Neu­ro­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Öko­no­mie, Phi­lo­so­phie, Bio­lo­gie und Mathe­ma­tik zusam­men­setzt. Wir unter­su­chen, wie Men­schen und andere Lebe­we­sen – aus­ge­stat­tet mit begrenz­ten kogni­ti­ven Res­sour­cen – in der Welt und im Gedächt­nis nach Infor­ma­tio­nen suchen und wie sie Ent­schei­dun­gen tref­fen, wenn wenig Zeit für sorg­fäl­ti­ges Nach­den­ken bleibt.

Stu­dent Rese­arch Assi­stant (m/f/x)


Working field:

The Cen­ter for Adap­tive Ratio­na­lity direc­ted by Ralph Hertwig at the Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment (Ber­lin) is see­king app­li­cants for mul­ti­ple posi­tion as Stu­dent Rese­arch Assi­stant to assist the ongo­ing rese­arch in all pha­ses of the sci­en­ti­fic pro­cess. Rese­arch assi­stants are usually employed on a basis of 41-80h a month. The posi­tion lasts for 6 mon­ths mini­mum and will be pro­lon­ged given mutual inte­rest. The anti­ci­pa­ted start date is March 1st 2023 or later. The remu­ne­ra­tion wit­hout a Bache­lor's degree is 12,00€/h- in the Mas­ter's degree 13,95€/h.


  • Strong skills in web deve­lop­ment (e.g., Java­Script, PhP).
  • Enrol­led in a Bache­lor’s or Mas­ter’s pro­gram at a Ger­man uni­ver­sity (com­pu­ter sci­ence, cogni­tive sci­ence, psy­cho­logy or rela­ted field).
  • High in fle­xi­bi­lity and com­mit­ment.
  • Good level of Eng­lish. Ger­man is a plus.
  • Very high achie­ve­ment level.
  • Inte­rest in par­ti­ci­pa­ting in rese­arch on human memory and aging.

What we offer:

The Cen­ter for Adap­tive Ratio­na­lity is inves­ti­ga­ting various aspects of judgment and decision-making. We offer you the chance to par­ti­ci­pate in an inter­na­tio­nal and inter­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch team. Rese­arch assi­stants will be invol­ved in imple­men­ting a large-scale study inves­ti­ga­ting the life­span tra­jec­tory of human memory and con­cep­tual know­ledge.

How to apply:

The Max Planck Society stri­ves for gen­der and diver­sity equa­lity. We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all back­grounds. The Max Planck Society is fur­ther com­mit­ted to increa­sing the num­ber of indi­vi­du­als with disa­bi­li­ties in its work­force and the­re­fore encou­ra­ges app­li­ca­ti­ons from such qua­li­fied indi­vi­du­als.

Please send your app­li­ca­tion elec­tro­ni­cally to Dirk Wulff (wulff@mpib- ber­ using the sub­ject line “App­li­ca­tion Stu­dent RA ARC”. Your app­li­ca­tion should include the fol­lo­wing docu­ments in a sin­gle PDF docu­ment: (a) a short moti­va­tion let­ter, (b) CV wit­hout a photo, and (c) rele­vant school/uni­ver­sity cer­ti­fi­ca­tes and refe­ren­ces. App­li­ca­ti­ons are con­si­de­red until the posi­tion is fil­led.

Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment Lent­ze­al­lee 94, 14195 Ber­lin